Friday, September 29, 2006

Where's the "Justice" In This Plea Deal??

From the D&C (online) -

Jail, no registry for teacher in sex-abuse case
Gary Craig
Staff writer
September 29, 2006 3:21 pm — A former Livonia Junior/Senior High School teacher was sentenced to four months in jail and probation Friday in a plea deal that dropped multiple counts of sexual abuse and sodomy against a former student.

Michael B. Neyhart was charged last year in a 57-count indictment accusing him of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sodomy and second-degree menacing. He was accused of abusing a young teenage student at the school between November 2001 and February 2002.

Neyhart was a technology teacher. He agreed as part of his plea not to teach again. During a trial earlier this year, Livingston County prosecutors agreed to accept a plea of a single misdemeanor count of menacing.

That means Neyhart will not be on the sex offender registry.

GCRAIG@DemocratandChronicle.com

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Is It Time For Jo To Go?

Kehoe: " We could do $55 million on a proposition, we could do $100 million: It's up to you."
D & C Article

DRAFT: Estimated Repair Costs

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Identified "Needs" Exceed $100 mil For Facility Repairs

Technology Plan Mushrooms to $22 million

List Includes Astro-Turf At Apollo & High Schools

Complete Asbestos Abatement

$55 Mil Projects List Contains No "Wishes"

Jo Kehoe: " ... there are more needs than I feel comfortable going to voters with."

"Kehoe noted that the proposal also calls for lighting a multi-use field at Greece Arcadia High School that would be used by all district schools."

D&C Article

FROM THE COMMENTS:

Anonymous said...
There was much put off for the last 8 years in the way of general maintenance and upkeep. Lots of fancy facades and such but the substantial construction needs went undone. And now we will have to make up for that. Prediction: within the next 5 years the Greece taxes will double for each property owner. Pray that the STAR benefit does not go away. Remember that is renewed on a yearly basis with the legislative budget.The new superintendent will be taking on a big mess. There was a lot that was delayed even this last year but it could wait no longer. What a disaster.And then there is talk of the odyssey needing a new building to keep up with the rest. Remember what she said in the paper this am. Each school should have something special at the secondary level. Odyssey obviously falls far behind the others in the physical plant. It might be built on the district owned land at Latta and Long Pond. Right in the geographic and financial hub of greece. or an elementary could be built there and the odyssey concept could be housed in an existing building. It will be done. 9/26/2006 8:48 AM

Monday, September 25, 2006

BOE Meeting Tuesday!!

5:30PM ~~ To finish agenda items left over from the last regular BOE meeting

6:30 PM ~~ Study Session
Re: $55 mil "referendum" for repairs & technology bond

AGENDA

Sunday, September 24, 2006

2006-07 High School Accountability Under the No Child Left Behind Act

Greece high schools made adequate yearly progress under NCLB, meaning that they met annual targets in English Language Arts, mathematics, and graduation rate. Arcadia High, Odyssey Academy, and Olympia High remain In Good Standing under NCLB, while Athena High maintained its status as a School Requiring Academic Progress (SRAP) – Year 1 for English Language Arts and mathematics. Athena High is identified as a School Requiring Academic Progress because it did not make adequate yearly progress in 2003-04 and 2004-05. Schools are required to make adequate yearly progress for two consecutive years in order to be removed from the in need of improvement list.

Information about elementary, middle school, and District accountability will be released by the State Education Department in November 2006.

For more information about the school accountability, click on the New York Education Department School Accountability link below.

NYSED School Accountibility

Saturday, September 23, 2006


CHAMBER TO REPLACE PREZ
Beaver No Longer Employed There

MPN

Friday, September 22, 2006

Beaver Gets Court Hearing; Pleaded Not Guilty

"The misdemeanor charge could carry a sentence ranging from 90 days in jail to one year of probation, or a combination of both"

D&C Article

Grade 8 Test Results Lag in Many Districts

Commissioner Mills: "Statewide, we see a substantial decline in student performance in reading and writing that happens after grade five."

D&C Article
GREECE CENTRAL RESULTS

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Greece C of C Prez Charged With Public Lewdness

Skip Beaver Arrested in Genessee Valley Park Friday
Worked For Greece PD For 13 Years

D&C Article

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

New Super Greeted By Hopeful Stakeholders

Charlie Hubbard: "We need to build trust in this district, and we can't do that unless we have somebody at the top who's honest."

D&C Article

Monday, September 18, 2006

You're Invited To ...


MEET THE NEW SUPT.
Tuesday Sept. 19th @ 7 PM

"The Board of Education will be hosting a reception to meet the new Superintendent at the conclusion of their Board meeting on Tuesday, September 19. The reception will be held Apollo Middle School in Room E50 and is expected to begin at approximately 7 p.m. " ~~ GCSD website

"Ken allowed it to happen ..."


Dear Joe:
Thanks for letting us know we were right about the Open Meetings Law being trashed by the GCSD BOE!! It wasn't the first time. Very sadly, we doubt it will be the last. (That the laws were trashed AND that we were right :)

Let's turn to the order of events that transpired leading up to that illegal schoolboard meeting. We wonder, when the additional BOE members, Russell & Hubbard, showed up, did YOU object to continuing the meeting? YOU took an oath of office just like all of the others did, swearing to uphold the laws and the Constitution. Did YOU leave the meeting to show you objected? No you did not!

Did you call upon two other people (perhaps Oberg & Grason) to leave or for one other person to join you and leave? Apparently not. Did anyone say "Stop the process here until we are back within the laws?" Did any of the other board members (Oberg and/or Grason) show ANY CONCERN at all?? Did you urge your candidate to leave? No, no and no!

You showed us on Friday that you do in fact, know how to speak up ... when you want to. Blaming Ken Walsh for the entire "problem" is just plain silly. Yes, we agree. KEN SHOULD HAVE STOPPED IT. He didn't.

The fact of the matter is, SIX MEMBERS OF THE GCSD BOE flipped their middle finger at the populace of Greece by continuing that illegal meeting! You are just as much to blame as any of the other five. Please don't try to play victim. It only makes a very stinky situation smell much worse.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

In Our Opinion ...

A Very Flawed Process ...
Several times, this BLOG has openly criticized the Greece BOE for not adhering to the NY State Open Meetings Laws and for not following Robert's Rules of Order at their meetings, even though their own adopted policies compel them to do so. Last evening's rushed meeting, agenda switch and vote was yet another prime example of this BOE's displayed contempt for such "details" as following the letter of the law, as well as the spirit of the law.

One board member has gone so far as to put into writing the fact that a majority of the BOE met with a potential candidate on Wednesday evening. There was no posting or announcement of that meeting to the public until AFTER it took place. Clearly that was illegal. Last night, a board member tried to "explain" away that issue by saying that four board members agreed to "have coffee" with the candidate and then they were "graciously joined" by two other board members who just happened to show up!

Do these elected representatives really think the community is so stupid as to believe that "explanation?" Maybe so! Afterall, there has been almost nothing said about how they deviate from their scripts without following the rules and laws that they swore under oath to uphold!

From where we sit, it appears that the process to find a new leader for the district totally fell apart following the unfortunate decision Mr. King made in declining the job at the last minute. From that point forward, the public was told essentially nothing about what was happening next. Mr. Walsh announced that the board would meet to discuss what process and direction the board would pursue given Mr. King's decision. We expected that at least SOME discussion would be made in public. There was none!

Executive sessions that lasted for hours on end were used to cloak the general process in complete secrecy. A look back at posted agendas compared to the actual meeting minutes reveals that many items were added to agendas that originally listed an executive session as the sole purpose for a meeting. Yes, we know they are allowed to add agenda items at a meeting. Yes, we know they may amend the agenda in anyway they see fit. However, when they do this repeatedly, something begins to smell foul. Last night's meeting culminated in a really big stench!

How ironic it is that the exact things we've been complaining about came back to bite several board members in the behind, including the board's VP himself! Yesterday's agenda was completely changed and several of them didn't like it! The purpose of the meeting took on a totally different flavor than the original posting indicated. Attempts to allow the community to speak out against this "flawed" process were squelched by a majority of the board of education. We are told to believe "the process was open and honest" by the board President.

And now there are whispers in the community that attempt to implicate him in some under-the-table dealings with the person this district hired to lead it! Of course those rumors are fueled by the fact the BOE President appeared to be in a HUGE hurry to push the changed agenda through with as little discussion as possible.

As if all of this isn't dysfunctional enough, it's even more laughable to hear both sides claim that the absent board member would agree with their varied perspectives ... if only he had been there!

We don't know what the future holds now that a new Superintendent has been chosen. But we do know that this poor fellow isn't starting out on the solid footing we all hoped for. His arrival to the school district's top post is already steeped in controversy. We hope he has very thick skin. He'll be needing it.

Friday, September 15, 2006

A STRONGLY DIVIDED BOE APPOINTS

STEVEN ACHRAMOVITCH AS SUPT.!!

*** THE CONTRACT LINK ***
Contract Length - 3 yrs. 8 mo. beginning Nov. 1, 2006
Contract Amount - $200,000/yr.
Flex account - $5000/yr.
Relocation Budget - $10,000

WELCOME TO GREECE !

Thursday, September 14, 2006

BOE Calls Special Meeting Friday Night!!

6:30PM in Apollo, Room E-46

THERE ARE NO ITEMS LISTED ON THE "OFFICIAL AGENDA"

WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE FOR SUPT?

Who would be your choice for the next Superintendent of GCSD

Ron De Carli

Steve Achromovitch

Don Nadolinski

Bob Conrad

Someone Else? Tell us who!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

BOE's 2nd Lengthy Exec. Session Raises Questions About Supt. Search


Was it already planned? said...
Mr. Moscato addressed the community at last nites BOE meeting prior to Executive session...
His address was very strange. He told us that the BOE was divided and that some wanted to rush the process of hiring a new Super. He then suggested that the Asst Super named by Ms. Kehoe: Don Nadolinski was capable of running our District until we selected just the right man for the job.
He also talked about our last "hasty" decision to hire from within and what that brought to the community BUT announced that two more candidates from within have expressed an interest in the job and that we should consider them because they are qualified.
So that leaves me wondering the following:
Why would it be ok to move someone in from the "inside" after spending so much to conduct a search if that person was already here?
Why would we not move the prior Asst Super into the interim position right from day one instead of hiring Dr. Kehoe if they were already here?
Wouldn't Mr. Nadolinski's qualifications have been the same one year ago as they are today. And wouldn't we have saved the District money in doing that?
And why then wasn't Ms. Buckshaw named internally as interim? She was the Asst Super at the time.
We might have to assume that this was a staged and planned event from the beginning-in fact some wrote on here back then- that Don Nadolinski wanted the Super's Job-is that true?
And might it be true that our Board President would land that HR Director job when his term is up next election with players that he put in place at the helm.
Well, if it was just a plot from day one, who knows-our kids did get 660 thousand dollars worth of computers out of it-even though its snowing in their classrooms. WOW!
9/13/2006 8:47 AM

Capital Improvements/Referendum Study Session Slated For Sept. 26th


GCSD To Look At $55 Million in "Pressing Needs"
& $15 Million Technology Proposal

Upgrades May Include:
Arcadia HS ~~Lighted Sports Field
Odyssey Academy ~~ Tennis Courts
HVAC Systems; Roof Replacements
Plumbing Upgrades; Windows & Doors

Monday, September 11, 2006

BOE To Decide On Possible Dec. Vote


Capital Improvements To Be Considered

Board President Ken Walsh said the board will consider the recommendations one by one "and say if as a board we support them being in the capital project or if we think they're unnecessary."

D&C Article

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Donlon's First Day Back In School ...

Mary Donlon: "It means a correction of a wrong, putting things the way they need to be.”

Frank Oberg: "A wrong was made right. It's reason for celebration today."

Joe Moscato: "It all went back to discrimination against some teachers it was uncalled for. We reversed the process."

Ch. 13 News

Friday, September 08, 2006

BOE Posts Agenda For Tuesday Meeting

It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Executive Session at 5:30 pm in E40 to discuss employment history of particular person(s), and collective negotiations.

Regular Meeting Begins @ 6:30PM
New Business Includes "Renaming Athena Performing Arts Center"

Agenda

Thursday, September 07, 2006

"IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR.... "

Greece Schools Open For 2006-07 School Year

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

BOE To Re-Evaluate Previous Supt. Candidates


Steve Achramovitch, Ron DeCarli, Others
To Be Reviewed For Head Job

A Very Good Question ...

Why Is Greece The Last Suburban District To Start Classes?
(We saw it on Ch. 10 at 11PM Mon. night)

Anonymous said...
According to Fox News at 10, Greece is the last suburban school district to open its doors this Sept. Why is that? Several schools begin Tuesday. The rest start Wed. except for Greece and the city which open Thurs. Maybe that is why we have a "block hole."
9/04/2006 10:23 PM


We're wondering: Is Greece's school year shorter than other districts? What about the length of the school day? Are our kids being short-changed on classtime?

Sunday, September 03, 2006

GCSD In No Hurry In Search For New Supt.

Ken Walsh: "I'm not going to try to predict anymore where this process is going,"
D&C Article
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Jerry Taylor (Tech. Integration Teacher, Retired) asks a very good question:
"Does anyone know the REAL reason the Board's choice for superintendent chose NOT to take the job?"

Friday, September 01, 2006

"Stupid in America: How We Are Cheating Our Kids"

20/20 Tonight @ 10:00 PM; Ch13

John Stossel examines reasons U.S. students do not perform as well academically as students in some countries; government officials, union leaders, parents and students offer their opinions; innovative programs

BOE Posts Special Meeting Agenda For Tuesday

No Mention Made of Supt. Search Process
Have They Already Decided??

It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Executive Session at 6:00 pm in E40 to discuss employment history of particular person(s) and collective negotiations.

1. Approval of Agenda Mr. Walsh O/A 1 min.
2. Approval of Supt Staff Re-organization Mr. Walsh W/A 1 min.
3. Search Inst’s 2006 HC/HY Natl Conference Dr. Kehoe W/A 5 min.